Style for the Chill: Hair Color for the Winter

Winter is quickly approaching and along with our wardrobe changes, we want to take a look at our overall hairstyle and color. You may have found the perfect cut for winter, but making it the right color can add a considerable amount of “wow” to your hair, and to your overall look!

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This winter you may want to try something different than just going to a darker shade or skipping the highlights. In fact, those dark roots are no longer in this year so make sure your hair color is kept up. Also gone are the days of chunky color and extremely noticeable hair color dimensions. This year try something new with the help of a professional.

Why not try keeping some of your highlights, but adding in some lowlights as well. This will give you the highlights you’d have with a summer look, but toned down for the winter. You may also want to try focusing on the hair around your face. Highlighting your features will not only make your hair look fabulous, but your face will brighten up.

When considering a hair color, make sure that you check with a professional hair stylist. Even an all over hair color should complement your skin tone. You want your hair to be an accessory to your face, not the main feature. Giving it the right color will make your skin look even while the wrong hair color could make your blemishes and imperfections take center stage.

If you are not sure about the look you are trying to achieve, browse through some magazines and look for hair color that you must have. Take the color to your stylist and ask her to help you chose a color with hues that will complement your style and skin tone. A good stylist should be able to give you the desired effect even if the color or highlights are not exactly the same.

Have fun this winter with your hair color and you will see that the days of winter darkness can be brightened!

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.
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Hair Type Affects Extensions

No matter whether you have synthetic or human hair extensions, it is possible to run into some difficulties or discomfort with your new extensions. While long and beautiful hair is always tempting, knowing what you’re getting into before investing your time and money is always a good idea.

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Removing extensions (especially removing them improperly)  is usually what causes the most damage to your natural hair, but some complications can arise before you even get a chance to have them removed. While having your hair extensions attached by an experienced stylist is a big part of reducing or preventing most problems inherent with extensions, there are some natural factors that cannot be helped.

If your hair is especially oily, hair extensions applied by weaving may not stay intact. The excess oil in your hair can cause the weave to simply slip loose and fall off. This is especially true for synthetic hair, as it is 3 times heavier than human hair extensions. Glued in extensions are not immune to excessive oils either. It is possible for the hold the glue has on your hair to weaken or slip over time. Cold fusion attachment techniques are best for those with oily hair.

Previously damaged or very thinned hair may fall out over time with heavy hair extensions. Ask your stylist if your hair can actually support extensions at all.

For the reasons above, it’s especially important to seek a consultation with an experienced stylist prior to making an official appointment. Finding out your exact hair type is crucial to determining which attachment method is best for your hair and your budget. Neglecting to make an informed decision on your hair extensions can yield less than perfect results.

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.

From Mop Top to Aeon Flux

The bob cut was born in 1865 but gained international popularity in the 1920s during the flapper era. These bold women wore their hair short, falling between the ears and the chin. It was considered the mark of the liberated woman.

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Cover of Aeon Flux (Special Collector’s Edition)

In 1960, Vidal Sassoon re-invented the bob, making it more stylish albeit simpler. This coincided with the popularity of the “mop top” hairstyle for men –  influenced by the Beatles. The bob endured throughout the decades and has since then been transformed into several varieties. A modern take on the bob was sported by Charlize Theron in the film “Aeon Flux”.

Theron’s character, Aeon Flux, is based on the cyberpunk heroine from MTV. Theron’s hair made her look simultaneously chic and athletic.

Basically, the haircut is a very short inverted bob with the hair cut as high as the base of the head and angled sharply with the tips of the fringe at chin length. It is short enough to give you freedom of movement but long enough to be able to style it differently when the mood strikes you.

To style your hair a la Aeon Flux, use either a styling gel or hair wax after drying your hair and comb it down to make it hug your head, making for a streamlined, sleek look.  Your stylist can give you the bob cut you want. Then have a go and try out Aeon Flux’s hairstyle. Unleash the cyberpunk heroine within you.

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.
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Korean Hair Styles Drive Fashion

Five years ago, the US thought of Koreans in terms of cars and electronic gadgets. Increasingly though, Korean images are in our televisions and cinemas with their soap operas, horror movies and romantic comedies. Now, Korean styles are helping shape our hair fashions.

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For some Americans, it’s hard to distinguish between Korean hairstyles and those of the rest of Asia, but aside from the black straight hair common to most Asians, there are subtle differences. While Japanese hairstyles tend to imitate Anime, and Chinese hairstyles tend to be more conservative, Korean hairstyle tend to more chic and urbanite.

For young men, styles tend to be longer, with layers. Some have used the term “modern mullet”, with hair layered short on top and the the back just long enough to cover the nape of the neck. Volume is added to this hairstyle with blowers, gels and hair sprays. Hair wax is used to make it look “piecey” versus the spikes commonly seen on Japanese and emo hairstyles. The effect is close to softly windblown hair or the ever-coveted, natural-looking “morning bed hair.” Longer bangs also gives the wearer a younger look.

Traditionally, Koreans value long, flowing tresses on women and most still adhere to this tradition, but some of the younger generation are testing the waters with a kind of “mushroom bob”. This was sported by the K-pop group Wonder Girls in their Nobody music video.

For long haired women, one of the variations is “Princess hair.” Hair is lightly curled from roughly below the ears, leaving the rest straight, with the bangs parted to one side. This hair has a very high “cute factor”, which can be further enhanced with the use of accessories. For the more adventurous, layering hair will give it a more streamlined appearance and make the wearer look slimmer. The Korean-style “messy bun”, is another emerging fad.

Bobs are the now popular in Korea for younger women, who prefer less maintenance. You can have your bob sleek, curly or layered. Or you can have it really short, like actress Yoon Eun Hye‘s hair in the Korean dramaCoffee Prince.” The most important component of Korean hairstyles is the straightness of the hair. It is this one characteristic that makes Korean hairstyle effective. “Magic Straight”, the Korean hair straightening technique, is usually the first step for Korean women whose hair is not naturally straight.

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.This page is in Korean.

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